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    PIP rule changes

    … made the BBC Today programme this morning.

    “Thousands of disabled people could lose some benefits because of last-minute changes to the new system of Personal Independence Payments, campaigners say.

    The group, We Are Spartacus, said tougher rules to assess how far people can walk mean many claimants will lose help with transport from April.

    Under the rules, those unable to walk more than 20m would qualify, rather than the previous distance of 50m.

    Ministers said the benefit will be targeted at those who need it most.

    Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, a crossbench peer and member of the all-party parliamentary disability group, said the government needed to “think again”…

    Full story at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-21006365

    petered
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    #87134
    Re: PIP rule changes

    I still think the questions asked for the new PIP are too few and do not take into consideration the complexities and idiosyncracies of medical conditions.

    Just because someone can walk 20m or 50m on smooth flat ground does not mean they can walk any 20m or 50m stretch in any weather on any terrain. I appreciate that there has to be criteria, there has to be cut-off points but really the cut off point needs to be more generous than the financial throat.

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    #87135
    Re: PIP rule changes

    @amgmod wrote:

    I still think the questions asked for the new PIP are too few and do not take into consideration the complexities and idiosyncracies of medical conditions.

    Just because someone can walk 20m or 50m on smooth flat ground does not mean they can walk any 20m or 50m stretch in any weather on any terrain…

    This was one of the points that Tanni G-T was trying to make on Radio 4 this morning. She was asking that the words “reliably, repeatedly, safely and in a timely manner” should be inserted into the regulations for PIP. 20m is an arbitrary measure. And it doesn’t take account of the way people’s conditions can change from day to day, or how safely one can walk that distance, or how long it takes.

    She said that the DWP are apparently claiming that in its consultations it received “strong feedback” suggesting the need for the 20m measure, though they weren’t saying where this supposed feedback has originated from. When in fact, of the 173 consultation responses from organisations with expertise in disability, only one suggested that there could possibly be a change in the qualifying distance.

    20m, by the way, is approximately the length of two buses. Unfortunately, if it takes you half an hour to walk the distance, you’ll probably have missed the bus.

    The excellent We Are Spartacus website has more on this: http://wearespartacus.org.uk/

    petered
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    #87136
    Re: PIP rule changes

    There’s an article on the main site about the changes

    Changes to mobility regulations could affect thousands

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    #87137
    Re: PIP rule changes

    I know i won’t qualify for PIP, i had been expecting this Motability car to be my last. Apparently they are going to start re-testing Indefinite Awards from October 2015, my car is due to be returned in February 2014.

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    #87138
    Re: PIP rule changes

    i totally agree with you amy. they always state that the distance walked will be on a flat surface. now i live in leeds, which is about as flat as ben nevis. and how many of us have come across flat pavements or roads.
    apparentley attos is going to be discussed in parliment on thursday. so heres hoping something will change but im not holding my breath.

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